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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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HI,im 19, male and I generally live a healthy lifestyle, eat well, I have a good weight, not over weight or under wieght havnt lost or gained, same with muscle mass doesnt change, but I have started to get strech marks on my arms, they all seen to come from one point and they are gradually getting worse. I dont really know why or what could be wrong, its not to bad I dont mind the marks but the are very red and sore and hurt to be touched so I dont really what to make of them.





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Strechmark ,... I always been a healthy person sport etc in good shape i took care without working out to much i was active,i am very pretty in clothes ,i got pregnant at 20 ,was ready too have kids ,was rubbing belly with every cream you cannot imagine i knew there was a chance that it could happen its never did until the last month ,my belly look like freddy cougar the movie ,i work out it those not go away!hey well i got beautiful son ,he is almost 10 now and i got a wonderfull daugther after she is almost 8 ,i would not change my pat of choosing to have kids but since 21 my belly never put a bikini again ,feel uncomfortable even when i bend down ,i breast feed 2 kids for 1 years and a half each ,i love it motherhood is an incredible ,but now i lift my arm up and i am almost 31 and let me tell you ,i do not really like it ,i need a boob job loll, It not a wonderfull feeling looking at that everyday,got seperated ,but found a wonderfull man ,but man are man when ever they see a beautifull bikini girl they have that temptation to look,why a woman with too much boob get a free reduction because there back hurt,why a person with burns they try to repare there body free,why us with strechmark that we had when we sacrafize our body too give birth and all the danger and change that it those to our body can not be free ,do you know what the worst feeling ever is ,emotionally what it those for the rest of our life put on a fake smile like we do not care,but inside we do ,we are just beying strong and try to be a good exemple to teach our daugther ,if i could feel so sexy again an confident,i will do everything so simple,no worries ,our happiness would be to a peek our sex drive we be amazing our relation would work for the rest of our life we would not feel different ,we would not think ooooo watch how you bend or etc,,,, ,its like being bullied by the rest of the world,media etc..... Witout asking for it,we feell like that inside ,but we just get over it again and again and fake smile again and again an continue because our kids need us ,but you know what our emotinnal heatlh is worth everything to our life our body is our vehicule for the rest of ourlife,why when a man as a puck on is car he fix it because is car is ugly,car are material ,we are not material we sensitive humain being with feeling,we only have on life why should we feel like that because we had kids,that not really living healthy ,we should enjoy it,not hide it ! I am a strong person i am not depress ,its not an embarrasing illness its a fact of life ,and i am honest and realistic,i am proud of beying a mother and i am proud of my tiger scars and saggy boobs ,i give a miracle ,i got 2 beautiful children,but i am a woman and i would like to feel like one again,woman should not suffer we sacrafize everything! ;) we should get less charge for tummy tuck or boob etc .... That my point of view and i am pretty sure that a lot of people feel the same?





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i have lots of strech marks and eat alot of rubbish its proberly from ganing weight before they wernt bad but now they got worse as im coming to 18 and iv never had a man in my life because they just call me fat please help as i get bulied alot





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Hi I'm 19 and got stretch marks,on.my legs and thighs and my but it's really embrassing I'm just looking for some advice





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I want to know if there is a place I can go to talk to someone about my stretch marks and stomach as I have had 2 children and I have a flabby belly and excesive stretch marks that are making me feel very self conscious





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Can stretch marks ever be permanently removed? By surgery? I am 32 and had a baby at 16 and have horrid black ones on side of my hips. Creams will never help. But can I skin graft them? I can never stand seeing myself naked or my partner seeing me. It's awful how low it makes your confidence. If only there was a cure for this unsightly skin condition.





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I'm 15 and I have stretch marks on my boobs, it's so uncomfortable and I can't wear nice bikinis or anything. Is there anyway I can get rid of them or hide them?? Please help.





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My daughter has muscular dystrophy and although she can transfer she can't walk she has thick purple veins on her stomach and tops of her thighs the ,ones on her legs are starting to scab over and skin is starting to come away which is sore what is this?





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Hi, I'm Lyn. I am 17 years old. I have not ever been pregnant. Although, I have stretch marks directly on my stomach, my sides, my inner thighs, my pubic area, my breast, and on my shoulders. I understand that I have PCOS and that gaining weight is part of it. I do find that I am the only person so far who has developed very dark and long stretch marks on my inner thighs and on my pubic area. Is there any other reason other than from weight gain? It really makes me self conscious;I feel as though I will never be able to wear a bathing suit or even be comfortable with myself naked. Am I the only one who has it bad in the most private area? Is there anything I can do for it?





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Hi Lyn, my name is Claudine and i'm also 17. I have stretch marks on my stomach, side, underarm,legs and pubic area. I know how you feel. It's embarrassing. I cannot look at myself naked and am struggling to think how anyone else would be able to look at me naked. I have used cream after cream and nothing has worked. I have also never been pregnant but have gained a lot of weight over the past 3 years so maybe that is why I have them.

Hi my name is Leyla and I am 33 years old after my pregnancy I have stretch mark on sides of my stomach and I am so sad when I look at them please help me :(((





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Hi! I understand these feelings completely. I have stretch marks on my breasts that have effected my sex life. I am married and should be comfortable with my partner seeing them, however I always try to cover my breasts up. Does it help knowing that almost 90 percent of woman including celebrities have them as well? Nobody is without flaws. I know as woman we are bombarded on an hourly basis with images of perfect woman ( they're not real). Love yourself. And look at the scars as badges of honor, you created something truly beautiful.

Dear Leyla, Sorry to hear about your experience after your pregnancy. Stretch marks are very common and affect a lot of women and men. Stretch marks are formed when there is rapid growth such as pregnancy, weight gain and growth spurts during puberty. When skin is rapidly stretched, this causes the fibres in the skin to break and form stretch marks. Laser and light technology can effectively treat stretch marks, giving you visible results. I am Laser Specialist Nurse at Silk Skin Laser Care Clinic on Harley Street and one of Laser machines for stretch mark reduction has won an award of the most innovative handpiece in treating stretch marks and scars. Please visit our website on www.silkskinlasercare.com and view before and after pictures on our Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/silkskinlasercare Best wishes H





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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